I’ve seen people throw many things from their car windows – fast food bags, food, cigarettes – but I’ve never seen a trash bag full of kittens being thrown and hopefully I never will. For Nikki Rayce of Midland, Michigan, that sight was a reality.
On October 22, Rayce was on her way home from Cincinnati when she saw a white trash bag being tossed from a pickup’s window as it headed on to U.S. 23, mlive.com reports. She stopped because she saw the bag moving. When she tore it open, she found kittens inside. An employee with the Humane Society of Midland County, Rayce couldn’t ignore the kittens.
The Humane Society of Midland County posted the following on Facebook: “Today we have to acknowledge an amazing save by dedicated volunteer and foster mom, Nikki. She saved these two lives yesterday. As she headed back to Midland, stopped off at the Michigan Welcome Center Rest Area, she witnessed someone throw a white trash bag out the window of their car. Something inside her told her to go and pick that bag up. Thank God she did because there were tiny lives inside that bag, tossed away like trash. Three kittens were found inside the bag. Sadly one had passed away, injured from the impact of being thrown from the car, but the two you see [above] are alive and well thanks to Nikki’s instinct and fast acting! They are now safely in her care and will be loved beyond their wildest dreams. We personally couldn’t do what we do every day without volunteers and foster parents like her! And to whomever performed this extreme act of cruelty… we know that karma will straighten things out in the end.”
According to mlive.com Michigan law states that “a violation of animal custody law involving two or three animals or the death of any animal can result in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to one year, a fine up to $2,000 and community service up to 300 hours.” The incident, however, was not reported to the police, as Rayce could not describe the truck or see the person who threw the kittens.
Rayce has fostered about 400 animals in her home, mlive.com reports, and has said that the two female kittens she rescued – named Fortune and Blessing – are almost ready for adoption. The kittens are roughly 7 or 8 weeks old. If you’re interested in giving these kittens a forever home, contact the Humane Society of Midland County at (989) 835-1877.